Crime & Investigation

Kanungu Police Probe Illegal Guns


unhealthy geneva; color: #222222;”>Gun misuse in the area has left many civilians dead, pharmacy the latest being the murder of a boda boda cyclist, buy more about Nicolas Kamala, who was shot dead in Queen Elizabeth National park last month.

The Kanungu District Police Commander, Edson Muhangi said he has already instituted a team of police detectives who are working with other sister security organs to carry out the investigations.

“We will find out how those guns are being handed to the civilians. We will apprehend all the suspects,” said Muhangi.

The DPC looking at the guns (by Bob Abaho)

He revealed that on June 18, 2013, the police and other security operatives recovered two machine guns with 129 rounds of ammunition which the security authorities highly suspect were used in the murder of Kamala.

Kamala was shot dead as he transported a passenger to Ishasha border with DRC on June 4 and his decomposing body was recovered three days later in the bushes of Queen Elizabeth National park.

However, there have also been many reported cases of mass killings of game animals in the park.

According to the Kihihi Police Station officer in-charge of Criminal and Security Investigations, James Mutaire, most of the guns which have been so far recovered by the police are all of them are not marked to show that they belong to the Government of Uganda.

The prime suspect Onesmus Byaruhanga displaying two of the illegal guns he had been posessing (by Bob Abaho)

“All Ugandan guns including those of police, Uganda wildlife, UPDF and other security organs are always marked periodically but those that have been so far recovered are not marked meaning that they may have originated from outside Uganda,” said Mutaire.

“The problem we have is that we are bordering DRC which has the largest rebel groups in the world and our people have relatives there giving access to those guns,” added Mutaire.

However, DPC Muhangi said the team arrested Onesmus Byaruhanga alias Kaliisa, a prime suspect in the murder of the boda boda cyclist and recovered two guns who later divulged information about his activities.

Muhangi said with the arrest of Byaruhanga, the police have a list of those who possess illegal guns and the police detectives are already on the ground to track their movement and arrest them.

“We are already on the ground since we have their names and it will help us arrest and charge them in court,” said Muhangi.

Mutaire also told Chimpreports that the police are holding two other people in connection to the murder of Kamala.

The Ishasha Sector Chief Warden, Echodu Edyau said since January 2013 the park rangers have been following the movement of unknown people whenever an animal is killed but have not managed catch any.


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